Sonia Costa

Photographer, Author
Ordinary life through an extraordinary year
Location: Italy
Nationality: Italian
Biography: Geographer, free-lance photographer, author and passionate environmentalist, she has been travelling the world for years studying the interrelaionship between people and enviroment, promoting a sustainable tourism and taking street and documentary... read on
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Ordinary life through an extraordinary year
Copyright sonia costa 2021
Date of Work 05/04/20 - Ongoing
Updated 05/17/21
 Ordinary life through an extraordinary  year.  Venice and Rome,  Italy,2020

Used to observe distant countries, see and record the changing world, last year I observed and caught the world through our European changing  cities. Here are some photographs of two Italian  cities  usually overcrowded with  people coming to visit them from all over the world: Venice and Rome.
In summertime Venice had somehow returned to what it once was many years ago. Without crowds of tourists poured through the narrow streets and the cruise ships that monstrously invaded the lagoon, I could hear my voice again, the silent canals could finally breath and the golden beach of the Lido was peacefully in harmony with  the sea. Rome, in late spring and fall, looked like certain sunny summers when the city empties itself for holidays and the sultry heat. Only few people going around by tramways or in empty squares patrolled by policemen with the sound of the sea gulls in the air. Documenting  ordinary life along the streets  it was like looking at old photographs during the pandemic Spanish flu in 1918.